Lakeshore Public Media honored a local businesswomen at their professional women’s conference who has been at the forefront of promoting professional training and development for women in the area for years.
The Lakeshore Public Media Professional Women’s Conference, presented by NIPSCO, strives to be an exhilarating and educational event for professional and influential women representing diverse industries from Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. At the event, Lakeshore surprised Dee Hoehler with this inaugural award.
“We created the Champion of Women Award to recognize a woman who has shown by deed, actions and accomplishment the advocacy of other businesswomen,” said James A. Muhammad, President and CEO of Lakeshore Public Media. “Dee has a long track record of accomplishments in mentoring other women in her industry and in empowering women and young girls at every opportunity.”
“This is the seventh year that Lakeshore Public Media has been hosting the conference,” said Muhammad. “Dee has been instrumental in making this conference as successful as it has been, and we couldn’t think of anyone who embodies the spirit of this inaugural award more than Dee.”
Hoehler is the Director of New Business for NIPSCO. In her role, Hoehler is responsible for developing strategy and driving execution related to the addition of new customers to the NIPSCO system.
Passionate about women’s equality and the importance of diversity to drive business success, Hoehler served for two years as the founding president of the NiSource women’s resource group, Developing and Advancing Women at NiSource (DAWN.) Working with NIPSCO, Hoehler also led efforts to promote STEM curriculum with local Girls Scouts and is former board member for Girls on the Run NWI.
The conference provides attendees a full day of nationally known speakers, unique professional development and networking opportunities for women in all stages of the business world. This year’s event took place on at the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa in Michigan City.
“This conference is an amazing opportunity for women in our community to meet and connect in a nurturing environment,” said Loren Ellis, the conference director for Lakeshore Public Media. “It’s wonderful professional training as well as networking opportunity for businesses and organizations that are interested in assisting their employees to connect with other professional women in the community.”
The featured keynote speaker was Sandra S. Yamate, CEO of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. Yamate addressed the challenges and the need to have critical conversations about the intersection of gender and race for professional women.